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    Russell, Bonifacio and $$$ to the Braves for C Victor Caratini

    #Cubs reportedly get Class A catcher Victor Caratini from Braves

    RT @Cubs #Cubs have acquired switch-hitting catching prospect Victor Caratini from @Braves for LHP James Russell and IF/OF Emilio Bonifacio.
    Cubs get cash considerations as well along with Caratini from Braves
    Done deal.

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    Official: Cubs send James Russell and Emilio Bonifacio to Braves for Victor Caratini

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    Source: Russell and Bonifacio to Atlanta.

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    Cubs get a minor-league catcher from Braves.
    Don't give up on us now...


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    Cubs also get cash consideration.

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    Baez is so getting promoted.

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    Love this.

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    So it's unclear whether the Cubs are getting or receiving cash.

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    Happy to see Russell go.

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    Dick. Beat me to it.

    But this is awesome. Wonderful get for a scrap heap pickup in Bonifacio.
    Don't give up on us now...


    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Henry, House of Burgess, 1775
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    Looks like he's newly converted to catcher from 3B:
    Now Playing Catcher

    Victor Caratini, low Class A Rome (Braves)

    victor-caratini-2013-mugAge: 20. Acquired: Selected in second round of 2013 draft from Miami Dade JC.

    Caratini has played catcher three times as often as third base this season, and while he ranks in the bottom half of South Atlantic League backstops in terms of throwing out basestealers (27 percent), his bat has not suffered for the conversion from the hot corner. The switch-hitter has batted .301/.359/.398 with a bit of gap power (12 extra-base hits) and an 18-percent strikeout rate through 44 games. Caratini caught sporadically in junior college, but a lack of agility coupled with a strong arm made him a natural conversion candidate in pro ball.

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    Post this here too

    #7*Victor Caratini | 55/R (3B)
    Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA
    19 246 58 23 1 39 49 0 .290 .415 .430 .397

    The Year in Review: A bit of a surprise selection in the second round of the 2013 draft out of Miami Dade Junior College, Caratini had a strong pro debut. He produced a .415 on-base percentage and 25 of his 58 hits went for extra bases.

    The Scouting Report: The key to Caratini’s value as a prospect is tied to his ability to continue developing at his new defensive home behind the plate. Converted to full-time catcher after his first pro season, the young prospect has picked up the basic skills quite quickly. He also has experience at third base but is considered below-average defensively and lacks the power profile to become an elite prospect there. Caratini shows a good swing at the plate as a switch-hitter and isn’t afraid the go the other way from either side of the plate. He also has a solid eye and some patience.

    The Year Ahead: Caratini’s bat is probably ready for Low-A ball but he may be held back in extended spring training to continue working on his defensive conversion.

    The Career Outlook: A switch-hitting catcher with average defensive skills, strong on-base abilities and gap power carries a ton of value so you can understand why Atlanta would attempt this experiment.

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    Law scouting report from before last year's draft:
    Caratini's a strong third baseman with good feel to hit and enough of a chance to stay at the position to potentially go off the board in the top three rounds this year. He's a switch-hitter with pretty similar swings from both sides; right-handed he wraps his bat behind his head when he loads, less so left-handed, but on both sides he's short to the ball and mostly linear, with a little loft left-handed and virtually none right-handed. He's a well below-average runner but has the arm for third and enough agility that he could end up an average defender there with some instruction.

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    You know what's funny? All of the Cubs fans on twitter whining about this trade and how we should have just given them Baez too.

    Because, Bonifacio is good, or something.
    Don't give up on us now...


    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Henry, House of Burgess, 1775
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    Victor Caratini was the Braves No. 6 prospect on Braves Top 10 in the Midseason Prospect Upate.
    Good stuff. Also the Super Friends' run on position players continues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1908_Cubs View Post
    You know what's funny? All of the Cubs fans on twitter whining about this trade and how we should have just given them Baez too.

    Because, Bonifacio is good, or something.
    .279 batting average doe

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    Jesse Rogers ‏@ESPNChiCubs 1m
    Jed Hoyer to address media momentarily. Only really important question at the moment? Is it Baez time?
    Jesse Rogers pretty much sums it up

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